- 2 Chome-3-1 Omiya, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 30 minutes from Tokyo Metro Minami-Asagaya Station, 10 minutes from Keio Nishi-Eifuku Station
- 03-3311-0105 (Japanese only)
OMIYA HACHIMANGU SHRINE
Visit During Cherry Blossom Season, or Anytime to Pray for Your Children
Omiya Hachimangu Shrine is the third largest shrine among the 23 wards of Tokyo, after Meiji Shrine and Yasukuni Shrine. It is believed that the shrine was first founded in 1063 by Yoriyoshi Minamoto, an influential feudal lord in the Kanto District. Nowadays, this shrine is well known as the deity for protecting women in childbirth and raising children, so many women and parents go here to pray.
Various Shinto rituals and festivals are held throughout the year, and Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) is one of those that you won’t want to miss. This festival is held in spring during cherry blossom season, and the cherry blossoms at night are especially beautiful when lit up by the bonfires of the festival. Also this shrine is right next to Zenpukuji River Green Park which is quite famous for its some 400 cherry trees along the river. So you can fully enjoy cherry blossom viewing if you walk around the shrine and the park together. The Festival is held from around late March to early April. As with most spring festivals in Japan revolving around cherry blossoms, the exact date depends on the weather and when the flowers are in bloom.